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Kettle Moraine State Forest

W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53190
262-473-7501
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Ranked #15 of 89 attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests, State Parks
Activities: Cross-country skiing
Description: Split into two "units" south and north of Milwaukee, both sections contain part of the Ice Age Trail, a 1,000-mile trail throughout Wisconsin.
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Jackson, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We have watched our kids grow up in these forests. Camping is inexpensive and fun, there are fish in the lake, the hiking trails are well maintained, and those from the West Bend area have placed many caches in the area. This is a great place to make home base and venture out, or just stay and enjoy.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed at the Pinewoods Campground. The check in with the front desk was easy, our spot (283) had enough room for all 3 of our tents (2 small and 1 large), and we were connected directly to the Scuppernog Trails. Great place for a weekend camping trip. Ottowa lake was nearby as well and we enjoyed some beach time... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I had heard that the landscape here is so unique because of ice-age glacial activity. However, it just is not impressive looking. A few hills covered with trees was all we could see from an observation tower. The hiking trails were overgrown and very buggy. Nothing scenic. We obtained a map from the visitors center which helped us navigate the... More

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The southern unit is a repeated pleasure. Whether hiking or just going out for a drive, it is always beautiful and enjoyable.

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Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Camp ground offers a real outdoor flavor. The sites are large so you have some privacy. Most sites have electric service for RV. Lots of hiking, nice swimming area & great dog beach! Good place for quiet time to unwind!

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Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful trails throughout the changing seasons. From small loops to connection with the 1200 mile Ice Age Trail. Pines, hardwoods, wild flowers and many animals and birds if you are quiet. A great day trip with the family or a solitary stroll.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I like the trails at Kettle Moraine South Unit, but I think the camping is nicer at the northern unit. This should specify that this is the southern unit! We camped here a lot when I was a kid, because there are easier trails that are definitely little kid friendly. In the fall you can enjoy fantastic foliage coloring, and... More

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stevens Point WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Kettle Moraine is a beautiful place. We cross country ski here and also snow shoe. In the fall it is a great place to hike, the colors are awesome. There are a variety of trails for every interest. Every season this is the place to be. Cost, just a state park sticker!

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We've visited the southern unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest several times within the past year. The scenery is absolutely wonderful whether you visit during summer, fall, or winter. We went cross-country skiing on the John Muir trails a couple times this winter. The trails are well groomed and offer a good variety, though the difficulty level ramps up pretty... More

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I've only traveled to the Zillmer Trail in winter for cross-country skiing. The trails are beautifully groomed and the scenery is gorgeous as you get an upper and lower view of the moraines. Most of the trails run through wooded areas. There are three trail systems that are loops and provide varying degrees of distance and terrain, depending upon your... More

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